jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear pale amber. Not real assertive in the nose. Gentle malts at best. Mildly fruity on the palate, has a buttery smoothness to it with a little hop twang to finish it. Needs a little more body and complexity but a nice drink.
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2001
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well, I thought I would like this better than Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but I was wrong. Boston Lager has the taste that I thought I would get from this one. This one is a little too bitter, and not as hearty as I would expect. But its not bad at all to me.
adamlau (76) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2001
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. A bit bitter in the front, a nice burst of grain at the end. Tasty, but overrated.
jonnyx99 (34) - USA - NOV 23, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A refreshing, nicely bitter ale with plenty of bite. The appearance was great, as a nice frothy head developed on top of a sweet looking amber. I was very pleased by the cool, refreshing flavor this ale had, and I will be keeping this one on hand at all times. An excellent beer.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve tasted some mediocre beers that were supposed to be good in the last two days as I was smoking the Thanksgiving turkey. My Sam Adams Winter Sampler 12 pack was by far the best $12.99 that Iíve spent this holiday season. High marks for this one. This ale is positively orange, not much head, so Iíve got to ding it on appearance. Aroma is buttery, with some vinegary undertones, but not bad. The flavor put me in the mind of some favorite childhood cereal, sweet, cherry-grainy, though I canít place it (Apple Jacks?). Goes well with sage/thyme/celery in stuffing.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2001
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Certainly a very drinkable ale
oneeye1399 (28) - Pasadena, California, USA - NOV 18, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bold, spicy amber ale with a great flavor.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 Rerate. Deep bronze color, medium head. Aroma is lightly caramelized. Flavor is caramel with a light hint of fruitiness and a modest hoppiness rounding out the finish. Really an altbier (and called as such by Koch), although not the most authentic version of one, but it does remind of the style at least.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2001
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A middle-of-the-road stock ale from Samuel Adams. Not bad, not exceptionally good. The high point of this amber ale was its nice fragrance. There was also a bit of bitterness that came with each swallow.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2001
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
One of the less pleasing Sam Adams brews, it seems to me. Sort of blah.